Meet The Team
Eva Bermúdez Zimmerman
Before working for CCFCT, she worked as the CSEA SEIU Local 2001 Childcare & Organizing Director where she fought for affordable childcare.
She has 16 years of organizing experience helping communities gain wider access to childcare & healthcare and improving the lives of working people.
Allyx has 30+ years of experience in early childhood development and elementary education. She and her team established Friends Center for Children as well as the acquisition of four school facilities.
Allyx has received many distinguished awards and appointments, such as from the Bank Street College of Education and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
Steffi is a community advocate and mother of two young children. Steffi co-founded “Somos Uno” humanitarian organization to help young children in need of school supplies and resources.
Currently, she serves as child care organizer for SEIU CSEA Local 2001. Steffi previously owned and operated a home-based childcare.
Tammy serves as Executive Director for CERCLE, Inc., a non-profit cooperative, whose mission is to improve the educational outcomes of Black and Latino children. CERCLE help’s design & implement innovative programs that ensure the growth & pedagogical quality in childcare programs located in Greater New Haven, Bridgeport, Stratford, & Stamford.
Merrill Gay is the CCFCT Lobbyist Consultant and Early Childhood Alliance Executive Director.
He has worked as a community organizer, political campaign manager, nonprofit housing developer and staffed the New Britain Early Childhood Collaborative for 10 years.
Jeniffer Perez Caraballo
Jeniffer is a community organizer with over 15 years of experience facilitating conversations on race, identity, systems of power, and intersectional feminist concepts. She is the current Director of Community Organizing at She Leads Justice, an organizer with the Hartford tenants chapter of the Connecticut Tenant Union, and organizing with grassroots community feminist organizations seeking justice for women like Vivan Las Autonamas.
Randi Rubin Rodriguez
Randi is the CEO and Executive Director, Founder of 'r kids in New Haven.
In founding ‘r kids Family Center, Randi’s mindful vision was that every child have the opportunity to grow up with a family they can call their own. Espousing that safety, security, and a nurturing permanent family is a civil right for children.